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although the struts can be of any length, this connector design works best on small domes, which can be very light and strong. we've been using dowels, but it's not the best all weather solution, obviously. tent poles are another possibility, if you can source enough of them.
some of this is documented here: http://spaceframe.tumblr.com
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to make a sphere, you'll need only six more pentagons (for a total of 32 connectors) and 60 each of strut lengths A and B.
this design uses 10mm holes that fit 3/8" hardwood dowels quite nicely, but feel free to adjust the script to your liking. to determine your strut lengths, use a calculator:
and refer to this diagram for assembly:
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